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Recruit Update

Brandon Montour – D – Waterloo Blackhawks (USHL) – Dec 2014
8 GP / 1 G / 8 A / 9 Pts / 6 PIM /+1
Montour had two assists in an OT loss to Fargo this past week.  Montour has the second most points by a defenseman in the USHL and is tied for 9th among all skaters.

Brandon Egli – D – Vernon Vipers (BCHL) – 2015
7 GP / 0 G /1 A / 1 Pts / 5 PIM
Egli got his first assist of the season.  Unfortunately he’ll have to sit a few games for a brawl that occurred on October 18th

Jake McCarthy – D – South Shore Kings (USPHL) – 2015 or 2016
0 GP / 0 G / 0 A / 0 Pts / 0 PIM
McCarthy is still nursing an injury that is delaying his debut for the Kings.

Kurt Keats – C – Powell River Kings (BCHL) – 2015
15 GP / 15 G / 7 A / 22 Pts / 20 PIM
Keats continues to put up huge numbers.  He had four goals in the three games played this past week.  He’s tied with Vermont commit Craig Puffer for the BCHL lead in goals, leads the league in power play goals with six, and is tied for fourth in points.

Austin Plevy – C – Brooks Bandits (AJHL) – 2015
17 GP / 10 G /18 A / 28 Pts / 36 PIM
Plevy had a goal and two assists in two games this week.  He continues to lead the AJHL in points.  He’s tied for 7th in the league and goals and tied for third in game winning goals.

Shane Bear – D – Brooks Bandits (AJHL) – 2016
17 GP / 0 G / 7 A / 7 Pts / 35 PIM

Bear had an assist this past week and a game where he picked up 19 PIM.

Troy Conzo – RW – Des Moines Buccaneers (USHL) – 2016 or 2017
3 GP / 0 G /0 A /0 Pts / 0 PIM / -2
Conzo was held scoreless this past week.

Kyler Nachtigall – LW – Brooks Bandits (AJHL) – 2016
17 GP / 3 G / 3 A / 6 Pts / 33 PIM
Nachtigall was held off the scoresheet this past week.

Ty Pelton-Byce – C – Team Wisconsin U18 (Elite)/Madison Memorial (WI HS) – 2016
21 GP / 12 G / 12 A / 24 Pts / 8 PIM  Team Wisconsin U18
0 GP / 0 G / 0 A / 0 Pts  Madison Memorial
It looks like the playoffs took place for the fall league that Pelton-Byce played in.  He had a goal and an assist in three playoff games.

John Leonard – F – Springfield Rifles (Mass Selects)/Springfield Cathedral (MA HS) – 2017
10 GP / 13 G / 6 A / 19 Pts  Springfield Rifles
0 GP / 0 G / 0 A / 0 Pts  Springfield Cathedral
Leonard did not play this past week.

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Recruit Update

Brandon Montour – D – Waterloo Blackhawks (USHL) – Dec 2014
7 GP / 1 G / 6 A / 7 Pts / 2 PIM / 0
Montour picked up his first goal of the year in a 2-1 loss for the Blackhawks.

Brandon Egli – D – Vernon Vipers (BCHL) – 2015
6 GP / 0 G / 0 A / 0 Pts / 0 PIM
Egli played this past weekend for Vernon but didn’t register in the scoring.

Jake McCarthy – D – South Shore Kings (USPHL) – 2015 or 2016
0 GP / 0 G / 0 A / 0 Pts / 0 PIM
McCarthy is still nursing an injury that is delaying his debut for the Kings.

Kurt Keats – C – Powell River Kings (BCHL) – 2015
12 GP / 11 G /7 A / 18 Pts / 10 PIM
Keats has now scored a goal in six straight games, scoring 7 goals total to go with three assists in that span.  He’s second in the league in goals and 6th in points.

Austin Plevy – C – Brooks Bandits (AJHL) – 2015
15 GP / 9 G /16 A / 24 Pts / 20 PIM
Plevy had two goals and three assists this past week.  He continues to lead the AJHL in points while ranking 6th in goals.

Troy Conzo – RW – Des Moines Buccaneers (USHL) – 2016 or 2017
2 GP / 0 G /0 A /0 Pts / 0 PIM / -2
Conzo played his second game of the season for the Bucs but didn’t make it into the scoring.  One thing to keep in mind about Conzo is he is one of the younger players on his team.  He will still have one or two seasons in the USHL most likely after this one.

Kyler Nachtigall – LW – Brooks Bandits (AJHL) – 2016
15 GP / 3 G / 3 A / 6 Pts / 33 PIM
Nachtigall had a goal and an assist this past week.

Shane Bear – D – Brooks Bandits (AJHL) – 2016
13 GP / 0 G / 6 A / 6 Pts / 16 PIM
It appears there was a stat correction this week as Bear actually lost a couple assists.

Ty Pelton-Byce – C – Team Wisconsin U18 (Elite)/Madison Memorial (WI HS) – 2016
18 GP / 11 G / 11 A / 22 Pts / 8 PIM  Team Wisconsin U18
0 GP / 0 G / 0 A / 0 Pts  Madison Memorial
Pelton-Byce had two goals and an assist in the past week.  He’s among the league leaders in goals and points.

John Leonard – F – Springfield Rifles (Mass Selects)/Springfield Cathedral (MA HS) – 2017
10 GP / 13 G / 6 A / 19 Pts  Springfield Rifles
0 GP / 0 G / 0 A / 0 Pts  Springfield Cathedral
T.A. from Hockeyrecruits4u blog passed along the info that Leonard is playing for the Springfield Rifles of the Mass Selects league before his high school season starts.  Leonard has mostly played with the U16 team where he currently is 4th in the league in goals and 7th in points.  He did play one game with the U18 team where he scored a hat trick.

For those interested, here is the Springfield Rifles logo:

Hmm….there is something very familiar about that image…  can’t put my finger on it…

UMass had two of the Top 5 plays highlighted on the NCAA Hockey website with Patrick Lee’s gamewinner grabbing the top spot.  I’m still partial to the Horton goal sequence though that came in at #3.  If you want to feel optimistic about this season watch that highlight a few times.  The ticket office should burn that play on DVDs to be sent to any lapsed season ticket holders.  Any Pond Club mailings should include a DVD of that play personally signed by each player that touched the puck.  A video board should be added to the side of the practice rink just to show it over and over to the poor students making the long walk in from the yellow and green lots next to Mullins and make their daily trek a little better.  Assistant coaches Joey Gasparini and Ryan Miller should save the highlight onto their phones to aid them in their recruiting trips.  All FBS football conferences that UMass is targeting for membership should be shown that video, just because hockey.  Coach Micheletto should walk in to the next UMass sports luncheon, show the play on a loop while blasting AC/DC, and just walk out leaving the luncheon regulars in stunned awe.  If you aren’t excited after watching that play there is nothing more I can do to help you, you might as well delete FTT from your bookmarks.

Here’s the latest blog entry from Troy Power chronicling the road trip to East Lansing, complete with video this week.

Here’s an interesting first piece in a series from USCHO on the current challenges in scheduling games in college hockey.  This is obviously something that is affecting UMass, as seen with all the non-conference games against Hockey East teams in the last two seasons.

Recruit Update

Brandon Montour – D – Waterloo Blackhawks (USHL) – Dec 2014
5 GP / 0 G / 6 A / 6 Pts / 2 PIM / +3
Montour is already the top scoring defenseman in the league with his 6 points, tied for 8th among all skaters.

Brandon Egli – D – Vernon Vipers (BCHL) – 2015
4 GP / 0 G / 0 A / 0 Pts / 0 PIM
Egli made his debut for the Vipers over the weekend after being traded from Victoria

Jake McCarthy – D – South Shore Kings (USPHL) – 2015 or 2016
0 GP / 0 G / 0 A / 0 Pts / 0 PIM
McCarthy is still nursing an injury that is delaying his debut for the Kings.

Kurt Keats – C – Powell River Kings (BCHL) – 2015
8 GP / 6 G /5 A / 11 Pts / 10 PIM
Keats had a strong week with two goals and an assist over the weekend.  He’s currently tied for 6th in the BCHL for goals and tied for 15th for points.

Austin Plevy – C – Brooks Bandits (AJHL) – 2015
13 GP / 7 G /13 A / 20 Pts / 20 PIM
Plevy is third in the league in points and tied for 12th in goals.

Troy Conzo – RW – Des Moines Buccaneers (USHL) – 2016 or 2017
1 GP / 0 G /0 A /0 Pts / 0 PIM
Conzo still has only played one game for the Bucs.

Kyler Nachtigall – LW – Brooks Bandits (AJHL) – 2016
13 GP / 2 G / 2 A / 4 Pts / 33 PIM
Nachtigall had a goal this past week.

Shane Bear – D – Brooks Bandits (AJHL) – 2016
13 GP / 0 G / 8 A / 8 Pts / 14 PIM
Bear had three assists in his three game this past week.  He’s tied for second on Brooks in that category.

Ty Pelton-Byce – C – Team Wisconsin U18 (Elite)/Madison Memorial (WI HS) – 2016
15 GP / 9 G / 10 A / 18 Pts / 8 PIM  Team Wisconsin U18
0 GP / 0 G / 0 A / 0 Pts  Madison Memorial
Pelton-Byce is tied for 8th in goals and 10th in points in the Elite League, despite playing few games than most of the other players.

John Leonard – F – Springfield Cathedral (MA HS) – 2017
0 GP / 0 G / 0 A / 0 Pts
Waiting on HS hockey to start up.

I forgot to mention this in my recap over the weekend, but for those who missed it Zack LaRue and Oleg Yevenko were named assistant captains before Friday’s game.  Both solid choices and players who will need to do well for UMass to be successful this year.

Some interesting numbers coming out of the game against BU.  For example, their 8 goals represents 18% of their total conference game output last year.  Ugh.

Last month College Hockey News had this good introduction to some of the new stats now being used regularly in the game.  Since I enjoy numbers, you can bet on seeing some of them on FTT.

Plevy Commits To UMass; Recruit Update

The Massachusetts hockey program picked up a commitment for next fall from Austin Plevy.  Plevy currently plays for the….wait for it….Brooks Bandits.  The Bandits are of course also the team where future Minutemen Shane Bear and Kylie Nachtigall are playing and where current freshmen Patrick Lee and Maddison Smiley had much success.  Plevy has five goals and 10 assists in 10 games for a team leading 15 points for Brooks.  He was just named AJHL Player of the Week.  Plevy has been playing junior hockey north of the border since 2009 with his best statistical season a 30 goal, 43 assist effort while appearing in 54 games with the Chilliwack Chiefs of the BCHL in 2012-13.

Plevy started the year at Merrimack where he was their top offensive recruit.  However, for unreported reasons Plevy left North Andover just days into the semester and returned to Canada.  Because Plevy signed a NLI with Merrimack and was enrolled in the school, it could complicate exactly when he’d be eligible to play for the Minutemen.  Mike McMahon has reported that Warrior coach Mark Dennehy plans on holding Plevy to his NLI and will not grant him a waiver.  Though these rules are never simple, McMahon contends that Plevy would have to sit a year at his new school and would only have three years of eligibility starting in fall of 2016.  That is my understanding of the rules as well.  However, there are always appeals to be heard, forms to be filled out, and red tape to unwind.  The UMass staff will certainly do what they can do to have Plevy in uniform next year so it should not be ruled out.

Let’s add Plevy to the recruit list and see how next year shapes up with his addition.

Brandon Montour – D – Waterloo Blackhawks (USHL) – Dec 2014
3 GP / 0 G / 4 A / 4 Pts / 2 PIM / +1
Montour had a couple two assist games last week.

Brandon Egli – D – Victoria Grizzlies (BCHL) – 2015
2 GP / 0 G / 0 A / 0 Pts / 0 PIM
Egli did not play this past week so he may be battling an injury.

Jake McCarthy – D – South Shore Kings (USPHL) – 2015 or 2016
0 GP / 0 G / 0 A / 0 Pts / 0 PIM
McCarthy was reported to have joined the Kings for the season but it doesn’t appear that he’s played any games yet.

Kurt Keats – C – Powell River Kings (BCHL) – 2015
6 GP / 4 G /4 A / 8 Pts / 2 PIM
Keats had a two assist game this past week.

Austin Plevy – C – Powell River Kings (BCHL) – 2015
10 GP / 5 G /10 A / 15 Pts / 18 PIM
Aside from the offensive production mentioned earlier, 18 PIM in 10 games is certainly eye catching.

Troy Conzo – RW – Des Moines Buccaneers (USHL) – 2016 or 2017
1 GP / 0 G /0 A /0 Pts / 0 PIM
Conzo did not play last week

Kyler Nachtigall – LW – Brooks Bandits (AJHL) – 2016
10 GP / 1 G / 2 A / 3 Pts / 23 PIM
Nachtigall had a game misconduct in the one game he played in this past week.

Shane Bear – D – Brooks Bandits (AJHL) – 2016
10 GP / 0 G / 5 A / 5 Pts / 10 PIM
Bear had an assist the past week.

Ty Pelton-Byce – C – Team Wisconsin U18 (Elite)/Madison Memorial (WI HS) – 2016
12 GP / 9 G / 9 A / 18 Pts / 8 PIM  Team Wisconsin U18
0 GP / 0 G / 0 A / 0 Pts  Madison Memorial
A couple readers were nice enough to pass along that Pelton-Byce plays for Team Wisconsin U18 before the HS hockey season.  Last year he helped Team Wisconsin U16 to a national championship.  He’s currently the leading scorer for the U18 team.

John Leonard – F – Springfield Cathedral (MA HS) – 2017
0 GP / 0 G / 0 A / 0 Pts
Leonard might be playing junior hockey until HS hockey starts as well like Pelton-Byce.  But if that’s the case I haven’t been able to track down where.

Captain Troy Power’s latest installment of his blog covers last week’s exhibition game and the typical game day routine.

Speaking of commitments, decommitments, and NLIs, Mike McMahon wrote a must read piece on the “gentleman’s agreement” in college hockey.  The gentleman’s agreement is was the promise that coaches would stop recruiting a player once he had verbally committed to another school.  I say was because some schools have chosen to abandon the agreement and will pursue other players right up until they sign their NLI.  Now if those schools were UAH and Robert Morris it would be a huge issue.   But the coaches who have publicly said they’re no longer honoring the agreement are Jerry York of Boston College, Don Lucia of Minnesota, and Mike Eaves of Wisconsin.  Obviously if those elite schools are recruiting kids beyond their commitment to another school there’s a good chance they’ll be successful.

Coach Micheletto is quoted in the article, saying the agreement “has become difficult”.  I agree.  I think the agreement is a positive for all schools in the small community that is college hockey.  However it needs 100% adherence to be effective.  And to have the top teams in DI not abiding by it, the rest of the schools who are are artificially handcuffing themselves in the process.  Teams like BC and Minnesota have enough ingrained advantages in college hockey as it is.  They don’t need to poach the recruits of schools who have agreed not to reciprocate.  So in my opinion if York and Lucia are going to play by a different set of rules, I say hell with the agreement.

Recruit Update

Getting back in the swing of things, it’s time to take a look at the future Minutemen.

Brandon Montour – D – Waterloo Blackhawks (USHL) – Dec 2014
1 GP / 0 G / 0 A / 0 Pts / 0 PIM / 0
Of course the big news recently was that the 2nd Round draft pick did not make it through the NCAA Clearinghouse and would not be eligible to join the Minutemen until 2nd Semester.  The reigning USHL Player of the Year was held scoreless in his season debut.

Brandon Egli – D – Victoria Grizzlies (BCHL) – 2015
2 GP / 0 G / 0 A / 0 Pts / 0 PIM
Egli was originally supposed to be playing in the USHL, in Waterloo specifically where he could’ve been skating alongside Montour, but it appears he ended up back in the BCHL where he had 11 goals and 24 assists in 53 games last season.

Jake McCarthy – D – South Shore Kings (USPHL) – 2015 or 2016
0 GP / 0 G / 0 A / 0 Pts / 0 PIM
McCarthy was supposed to play in the BCHL this year, but was cut by Prince George after he hurt his shoulder in training camp.  Mark Divver of the Providence Journal reported that he has since signed on to play with the South Shore Kings of the USPHL, but has yet to suit up.

Kurt Keats – C – Powell River Kings (BCHL) – 2015
5 GP / 4 G /2 A / 6 Pts / 2 PIM
Keats is off to a hot start with four goals in five games played.  Last year with Powell River he had 19 goals and 36 assists in 51 games.

Troy Conzo – RW – Des Moines Buccaneers (USHL) – 2016 or 2017
1 GP / 0 G /0 A /0 Pts / 0 PIM
Conzo went scoreless in his USHL debut.  Last year he scored 22 goals and had 22 assists for the New Jersey Rockets of the Empire League.  Over the Summer he participated in the USA Hockey Select 17 Player Development Camp.

Kyler Nachtigall – LW – Brooks Bandits (AJHL) – 2016
7 GP / 1 G / 1 A / 2 Pts / 4 PIM
Last season Nachtigall had 12 goals and 18 assists in 50 games while playing along side current freshmen Patrick Lee and Maddison Smiley.

Shane Bear – D – Brooks Bandits (AJHL) – 2016
7 GP / 0 G / 19 A / 4 Pts / 8 PIM
Yet another Brooks Bandit.  Last season he had 4 goals, 19 assists, and 63 PIM in 52 games for Brooks.

Ty Pelton-Byce – C – Madison Memorial (WI HS) – 2016
0 GP / 0 G / 0 A / 0 Pts
It doesn’t appear high school hockey has started yet in Wisconsin.  At least that’s where I think he’s playing.  Last year Pelton-Byce had 36 goals and 46 assists (82 points) in 24 games for Madison.  His father played for Wisconsin, scoring a hat trick in the 1990 NCAA Championship.   Pelton-Byce also participated in the USA Hockey Select 17 Development Camp over the Summer.

John Leonard – F – Springfield Cathedral (MA HS) – 2017
0 GP / 0 G / 0 A / 0 Pts
High school hockey won’t start for a while.  The Amherst native had 29 goals and 23 assists in 25 games for Cathedral.  He attended the USA Hockey Select 16 Development Camp over the Summer and the Republican had this write-up on his time there.

Captain Troy Power is writing a blog during the current season.  The latest entry is pretty interesting as he walks fans through a typical week of practice.

No UMass mentions but Over The Boards ranked the Top 15 recruiting classes for this fall while College Hockey News take a look at the biggest news stories recently in the sport.

CHN also has this story URI alumni pushing for a DI hockey team.  Rhody AD and former UMass football player and Associate AD Thorr Bjorn must make this happen.  Surely someone who once donned the Mr. Slice costume for UMass hockey games understands the benefits of college hockey.

Recruit Update

Championship season is upon us, including for the recruits.

Ben Gallacher – D – Green Bay Gamblers (USHL) – 2013 (transfer)
27 GP / 2 G / 12 A / 14 Pts / 54 PIM / +2
Gallacher went pointless in his last game.

Mark Hamilton – D – Salisbury School Crimson Knights (NE Prep) – 2013
18 GP / 0 G / 2 A / 2 Pts
Hamilton and Salisbury won the NE Prep Championship this past weekend.  Congrats to Mark!  The last player to come to UMass after winning a league trophy with Salisbury was Will Ortiz.

Marc Hetnik – D – Vernon Vipers (BCHL) – 2013
49 GP / 3 G /7 A / 10 Pts / 34 PIM
No points for Hetnik recently.

Mike Iovanna – RW/C – Malden Catholic Lancers (MA High School) – 2013
22 GP / 12 G /18 A /30 Pts
Iovanna had a couple assists as Malden Catholic beat Springfield Cathedral this past weekend in the first of the best of three quarterfinal.

Dennis Kravchenko – LW – Sioux Falls Stampede (USHL) – 2013 or 2014
43 GP / 16 G / 27 A / 43 Pts / 80 PIM / +9
Kravchenko did not play this past weekend.

Patrick Lee – LW – Brooks Bandits (AJHL) – 2014
58 GP / 23 G / 32 A / 55 Pts / 34 PIM
Playoffs are about to start in the AJHL

Casey Miller – C – Kimball Union (NE Prep) – 2014
28 GP / 7 G / 26 A / 33 Pts
Miller’s KUA club was upset in the prep tournament.  He ended the season 34th in scoring among prep seniors.

Maddison Smiley – D – Brooks Bandits (AJHL) – 2014
39 GP / 16 G / 20 A / 36 Pts / 98 PIM
Smiley picked up an assist in his last regular season game.

Willy Smith – LW – Springfield Pics (EJHL) – 2014
33 GP / 4 G / 6 A / 10 Pts / 18 PIM
Smith did not play this past weekend.

Frank Vatrano– LW/C – Junior Bruins (EJHL) – 2013
19 GP / 13 G / 9 A / 22 Pts / 22 PIM
Vatrano is on campus for Spring semester.

Brandon Wahlin– F – Austin Bruins (NAHL) – 2013
51 GP / 20 G / 43 A / 63 Pts / 68 PIM
Brandon only had a single assist this past weekend and dropped to 2nd in the league in scoring as a result

Jake Wahlin– F – White Bear Lake Bears (MN HS) – 2015
25 GP / 31 G / 31 A / 62 Pts / 26 PIM
Wahlin and the Bears had their season end in the Section 4A finals this past weekend.

Finally, I want to congratulate Justin DeSorgher.  DeSorgher is a UMass alum, longtime Minuteman hockey fan, former Section Uer, and known FTT reader and commenter.  His attention has been elsewhere this season however as he’s in his first year as the head coach of the Westwood girls hockey team.  So far so good as he has led Westwood into the Division II semifinals as the 11th seed.  Next up they’ll play 2nd seeded Falmouth on Saturday for a trip to the Garden.  Good luck to Justin and Westwood!

Recruit Update

Here’s the latest on the UMass recruits, with the new commitments included.

Ben Gallacher – D – Green Bay Gamblers (USHL) – 2013 (transfer)
21 GP / 2 G / 8 A / 10 Pts / 38 PIM / +5
Gallacher had a couple of assists in his most recent game, a 4-3 win over Cedar Rapids

Mark Hamilton – D – Salisbury School Crimson Knights (NE Prep) – 2013
7 GP / 0 G / 0 A / 0 Pts
Stats as of 1/30

Marc Hetnik – D – Vernon Vipers (BCHL) – 2013
43 GP / 3 G /7 A / 10 Pts / 34 PIM
Hetnik had a goal for the second weekend in a row.

Mike Iovanna – RW/C – Malden Catholic Lancers (MA High School) – 2013
17 GP / 6 G /11 A /17 Pts
I don’t believe it’s reflected in the stats above, but Iovanna had three assists in his game last night.

Dennis Kravchenko – LW – Sioux Falls Stampede (USHL) – 2013 or 2014
37 GP / 15 G / 22 A / 37 Pts / 74 PIM / +9
Kravchenko did not have any points in his most recent game.

Patrick Lee – LW – Brooks Bandits (AJHL) – 2014
51 GP / 22 G / 28 A / 50 Pts / 26 PIM
Lee had a hell of a weekend, scoring three goals and grabbing three assists in two games.

Casey Miller – C – Kimball Union (NE Prep) – 2014
19 GP / 4 G / 18 A / 22 Pts
Stats as of 1/30

Maddison Smiley – D – Brooks Bandits (AJHL) – 2014
33 GP / 16 G / 19 A / 35 Pts / 54 PIM
Smiley had three assists in his most recent game.

Willy Smith – LW – Springfield Pics (EJHL) – 2014
32 GP / 4 G / 6 A / 10 Pts / 14 PIM
Smith had an assist in his most recent game.

Frank Vatrano– LW/C – Junior Bruins (EJHL) – 2013
19 GP / 13 G / 9 A / 22 Pts / 22 PIM
Vatrano is on campus for Spring semester.

Brandon Wahlin– F – Austin (NAHL) – 2013
45 GP / 18 G / 39 A / 57 Pts / 66 PIM
Brandon had a goal and an assist this past weekend and continues to lead the NAHL in points.

Jake Wahlin– F – White Bear Lake Bears (MN HS) – 2015
24 GP / 29 G / 30 A / 59 Pts / 22 PIM
Jake scored a goal and assisted on an overtime winner in yesterday’s game.

College Hockey News has UMass at #7 in their Hockey East Power Rankings.

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